Back when I was around 6 months pregnant with Francesca we went on a mission to buy nursery furniture. After spending hours looking at lots of different options we ended up buying a very expensive (overpriced?) matching cot, wardrobe and changing unit. For the first year we spent in our old (modern-ish) house it was just fine, the reasonably short wardrobe fit perfectly in Frankie’s bedroom, the cot was enormous but matched everything else so didn’t look out of place and the changing unit got lots of use. Of course after the first year we stopped using the changing unit altogether – it just became a dumping ground and when we moved in to this house we realised how tiny the wardrobe really was and it looked silly with our high ceilings. The only thing we still used was the cot, but just before Georgiana was born we moved Francesca in to her ‘big girl’ bed and put her cot in to Georgie’s nursery. Well we tried to. It turned out that the cot only just fit and we had to shoe horn it into the room without space for anything else.
We’d been living with Georgie’s cramped nursery for nearly a year when the guys at Mokee got in touch to see if we wanted to give one of their ‘Mini Cots’ a go. I was dubious at first, after shelling out a small fortune on our first lot of nursery furniture I didn’t fancy having more over priced baby gear clogging up the cellar but had a look at their site just in case anyway. When I realised how gorgeous they were, then saw the amazing price tag I thought they seemed worth a punt so I put in my order and eagerly awaited it’s arrival.
Firstly I have to say they’re website is utterly beautiful, it’s so easy to navigate and extremely informative. If you have any questions there is a Instant message tool at the bottom, it’s still a very small company so there isn’t always someone online but you can leave a message from them to reply to later or check back at another time. So useful if you just want to ask a few questions without waiting around for emails or call backs.
Anyway on to the cots… the only issue I had with picking a cot was that I couldn’t decide between colours! For me the biggest appeal of these cots was just how different they are from what you see in all the highstreet baby shops. The colours are stunning and I can 100% confirm that they are just as beautiful in real life. I ended up choosing the Stone Teal cot, it’s a gorgeous unisex colour that goes perfectly will the pink and green things in Georgiana’s nursery.
The price of these cots are actually unbelievable, there are two options for buying them – with or without a mattress. On it’s own the cot is only £65… And even with a mattress it’s only £80! Understandably I was slightly dubious about the quality of the mattress but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by it. It’s extremely flexible but doesn’t seem too soft, it has a removable cover (that was recently victim of a middle of night vomitting session – you’ll be pleased to know we managed to wash it without any shrinkage) and it’s a standard cot size so you can find lots of sheets that fit it. Plus the mattress only costs £40 on it’s own which is a bargain in itself so if you’re only looking to replace your cots mattress I would really recommend it.
I guess the most important things for us with this cot were that: a) Georgiana slept well in it, b) it’s safe, c) it saved us some space, d) it looked good. I would say it ticks all 4 of those boxes without a doubt. It’s a fantastic for Georgiana’s very small nursery and I also realised that had we bought it before she was born it would of fit down the side of our bed so we wouldn’t of needed to buy a crib for there aswell! For me the best part of the Mokee Mini Cot is that despite it being the size of a normal cot and not a cot bed the side still comes off so it can be transformed in to a bed when the time comes. This is fantastic for a family like us who unfortunately has one child in a much smaller bedroom.
I have to say I really can’t fault the Mokee Mini Cot. It’s great looking, space saving, safe (it has a breathable MDF base which I love), it’s so easy to put together (it took me 13 minutes on my own – seriously) and we’ve still got at least another 2 years of using it ahead of us.
You can find out more about Mokee here and see their brilliant infographic about the cot here.
Disclosure: We were this cot for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and experiences are my own.